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Stump the Bearded Wonder No 150
Bill Frindall is waiting for your questions
Bill Frindall, aka the Bearded Wonder, answers your latest batch of queries.

Remember, the Test Match Special statistician is always on hand to help you out with your questions. And if you think you can catch him out, have a go!

Stump the Bearded Wonder No 150 will be the last to appear in this format - see the bottom of the page for more details about an exciting development.

James, England

I see that, in their first Test of the current series against Sri Lanka, only one of the Bangladeshi batsmen made it into double figures. Has there ever been a Test innings when no batsman made it into double figures?

There has been just one Test match innings in which no batsman scored ten. When South Africa were dismissed by England for 30 in the Edgbaston Test of 1924, extras top-scored with 11 and the highest individual score was seven by the Springbok's captain and opening batsman, Herbie Taylor.

Peter Dann, England

I once carried my bat and was four not out from a total of 34 all out. Is this a record please?

I cannot find any Carried Bat records in minor cricket to compare your feat. However, as instances of sides being bowled out for nought are not infrequent, some opening bat has probably remained not out zero in at least one of them.

The lowest score by anyone carrying their bat through a first-class innings is five by R.G. ('Dick') Barlow, the redoubtable Lancashire and England 'stonewaller', who achieved the feat 11 times.

His record five not out, in a total of 69 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1882, occupied two hours.

Simon, USA (ex GB)

How many sixes did Sir Donald Bradman hit during his Test career? It seems, from reading some accounts, that it may not have been many.

The Don hit six sixes in his 80 innings in Test cricket, including two in his 304 at Headingley in 1934, and another in the following Test at The Oval.

Alastair Munro, Grand Cayman

Ten wickets for 0 runs would be the ultimate bowling performance of course. How close has anyone ever come to that in (a) Test and (b) first-class cricket?

Is Jim Laker's 19 for 90 in 1956 v Australia still up there in terms of the ultimate two-innings performance?

There have been just two 10-wicket innings analyses in Test cricket, Laker's 10 for 53 at Old Trafford, which you mention, and Anil Kumble's 10 for 74 for India v Pakistan at Delhi in 1998-99.

The cheapest 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket is Hedley Verity's 10 for 10 for Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Headingley in 1932.

I know of one instance in minor cricket of a bowler taking all ten wickets, all bowled, for no runs. This astonishing feat was achieved in just five overs by Jennings Tune on 6 May 1922 in a home Howden and District League match for Cliffe (in Yorkshire) against Eastrington.

No bowler has equalled Laker's 19-wicket match return in either Test or first-class cricket but there have been instances of 20-wicket match hauls, all bowled, in minor cricket.

Martin Heslip, UK

In 1997, I scored a 102 not out in a League match against Hatherleigh, batting at number 11. Is this a record?

How many centuries have been scored by people batting at number 11?

I suspect that there are many instances of number 11 batsmen scoring hundreds in minor cricket. It has never been achieved in Tests or limited overs internationals, the highest scores being 75 and 43 respectively.

There have been 10 instances in first-class cricket, the highest of which is 163 by T.P.B. (Peter) Smith for Essex v Derbyshire at Chesterfield in 1947.

Rob Hanson, England

I've just noticed that Brian Lara has four wickets in limited-overs internationals. Who are these unfortunate players?

The unhappy quartet comprises Alan Igglesden and Angus Fraser (for England at Kingstown, St Vincent on 2 March 1994), plus Aminul Islam and Shafiuddin Ahmed (for Bangladesh at Dhaka on 9 October 1999).

James Trafford, UK

In a recent game in the Liverpool Business Houses League (midweek, 20/20 format), one of our players scored 100* and followed it with a hat-trick, (two bowled, one caught and bowled). I have never heard of a similar feat in any kind of cricket, although I am sure that it must have been done.

In first-class matches there have been 12 instances of players scoring a hundred and taking a hat-trick.

Two of that dozen are unique. William E. Roller is alone in scoring a double century (204) and taking a hat-trick (Surrey v Sussex at The Oval in 1885), while the most recent, by Kevan D.James for Hampshire v the Indians at Southampton in 1996, included four wickets in four balls.

Terry T, England

As a child, I was a great fan of the batting of Bob Willis. He looked so uncomfortable when he was batting and I know he never made 30 for England. However, I think he still holds a number of batting records for England in terms of not outs and batting partnerships.

Can you enlighten us Bill and also possibly explain why world-class attacks found him so difficult to get out?

Willis did hold the world Test record for most not outs with 55 from 128 innings but this was surpassed by Courtney Walsh with 61 from 185. His highest score was 28 not out.

He still shares in two tenth-wicket series partnership records, both set in 1982: 70 with Paul Allott v India at Lord's and 79 with Bob Taylor v Pakistan at Edgbaston.

He was usually left not out when his partners attempted an improbable swipe knowing their time was limited. His best Test innings was when he forgot to take a bat with him.

Bjorn Arntsen, New York, USA

Has anyone ever taken six wickets in a row? If not what are the most wickets taken in an over?

No bowler has taken more than four wickets in successive balls in first-class cricket. The most in an over is five by Surrey and England off-spinner, Pat Pocock, against Sussex at Eastbourne on 15 August 1972.

He equalled the first-class record by taking five wickets in six balls, and established new ones by claiming six in nine and seven in 11.

Gloucestershire's Charlie Parker is the only bowler to hit the stumps with five successive balls in a first-class cricket. Playing against Yorkshire at Bristol in his own benefit match on 10 August 1922, the left-handed leg-spinner's second delivery was a no-ball.

Three in three (hat-trick) is the best at Test level, although there have been three instances of four wicket in five balls. Four wickets is the most taken in one over.

In minor cricket there have been at least two instances of bowlers taking nine wickets with consecutive balls.

Ray Andrews, Surrey

When a player is run out on the second run, he/she scores one run but is out. How do I mark that on the score sheet? Something like '1X'?

I made a real mess of the scoresheet and ran out of space when it happened in my lad's last game that I was scoring (the over had 3 wides in it as well).

Using the linear method, with the notes column running the length of each sheet, I put a dagger () beside the run scored and rule off the batsman's column in red. I then print 'run out' after another alongside in the notes column. In the standard 'box' scoring system, entering '1R' in the bowler's box should suffice.

Robin Warren, UK

As a Middlesex Young Amateur in 1960, I was privileged to take 6 for 14 in 14 overs at Lords. For the benefit of my ego, how does this compare with best analysis by any bowler at Lords?

Sadly for your ego, Robin, it scarcely rates a mention!

In first-class matches alone on the main ground (one was played on the Nursery Ground in 1903), there have been eight instances of bowlers taking ten wickets in an innings.

In addition, there have been 39 nine-wicket hauls and 210 eight-wicket ones.

Adrian Job, UK

When, before Monty Panesar, was a spinner the leading wicket-taker for England in a home Test series? Was it Derek Underwood?

Your short-term memory has deserted you, Adrian. Another left-handed spinner, Ashley Giles, is your man. His 22 wickets at 23.13 apiece against West Indies in 2004 shaded the next-highest wicket-taker for that four-match rubber by five victims.

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Bill Frindall Q&A
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